Many people confuse the copy editor and proofreader, but they have different and distinct duties. A look at the two, what they do for your manuscript, and why and when you should use them.
Most standard publishers will not look at your manuscript unless an agent sends it in. These 35 publishers will, so you can send to them on your own. Here’s a listing, complete with links to the sites and descriptions of what they are looking for.
Which is the better approach for your book, standard publication with a major New York publisher, or self-publication? Both paths can be beneficial, but which is better for you? A look at the pros and cons of each approach.
Literary agents are your entrée into the world of standard publishing, to editors at Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, and other mainstream publishing houses. Here’s a list of 100, complete with links to their sites.
Each of these experts can help you create your book. But they have different roles and tools, and may or may not be appropriate for you and your manuscript at certain points. Here’s a look at these professionals and how they can help you.
A list of 100 literary agents accepting submissions, detailing the genres they represent (and those they don’t), submission guidelines, and other information taken from their websites. Part 3.
A list of 100 literary agents accepting submissions, detailing the genres they represent (and those they don’t), submission guidelines, and other information taken from their websites. Part 2.
A list of 100 literary agents accepting submissions, detailing the genres they represent (and those they don’t), submission guidelines, and other information taken from their websites. Part 1.
Self-published author Kathy Hendershot-Hurd explains what she did right and wrong with her book. Learn from her mistakes in this guest blog.
Figuring out self-publishing royalties can be surprisingly complex. It depends on several factors, including type of book sold (softcover, e-book, etc.), the size of the book, and the sales channel in which it was sold. A look at how these royalties are calculated, with explanations from the contracts of iUniverse, Xlibris, and WingSpan Press.
Self-publishing contracts vary widely in length, scope, detail, and other aspects. To help you sort through them, here are links to the contracts from 8 self-publishing firms. Plus, a list of items to look for in these contracts.
Confused by the jargon tossed around by self-publishers? Here are definitions of standard, self, DIY, assisted, hybrid, POD, and other self-publishing terms.
Are you familiar with the warranties (promises) you’ll be agreeing to when you sign a self-publishing contract? If not, read this article.
As a general rule, you retain the rights to your book when you self-publish. But “general rules” can be bent this way and that, so it pays to read the self-publishing contract very carefully. Here are links to several self-publishing contracts, along with a discussion of some items to look for.
Examples of how to begin your life story, from the autobiographies of John Denver, Nelson Mandela, Ronald Reagan, and American sniper Chris Kyle.